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Tut8: Beyond NOMA: Rate-Splitting and Robust Interference Management - VTC2020-Spring Antwerp

Tut8: NOMA: Rate-Splitting and Robust Interference Management

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Instructor: Bruno Clerckx, Imperial College London, UK

Abstract: This tutorial argues that to efficiently cope with the high throughput, reliability, heterogeneity of Quality-of-Service (QoS), and massive connectivity requirements of future multi-antenna wireless networks, multiple access and multiuser communication system design need to depart from the two extreme interference management strategies, namely fully treat interference as noise (as commonly used in 5G, MU-MIMO, CoMP, Massive MIMO, millimetre wave MIMO) and fully decode interference (as in NOMA).
In this tutorial, we depart from those two extremes and introduce the audience to a general and powerful transmission framework based on Rate-Splitting (RS). RS relies on the split of messages and the non-orthogonal transmission of common messages decoded by multiple users, and private messages decoded by their corresponding users. This enables RS to partially decode interference and partially treat the remaining interference as noise, and therefore softly bridge and reconcile the two extreme strategies of fully decode interference and treat interference as noise. As a result, RS provides a unified and flexible framework for the design and optimization of non-orthogonal transmission, multiple access, and interference management strategies.
This tutorial is dedicated to the theory, design, optimization and applications of RS and demonstrates the significant benefits in terms of spectral/energy efficiencies, reliability and robustness to Channel State Information imperfections over conventional strategies used in 5G (multi-user MIMO, massive MIMO, CoMP, mmwave MIMO) and NOMA, in a wide range of deployments, network loads (underloaded, overloaded), services (unicast, multicast) and systems (terrestrial and satellite).
The tutorial will give the audience a comprehensive introduction of the state-of-the-art development in rate splitting theory and applications in the wireless communication and signal processing society.

Instructor Biography

Bruno Clerckx
Bio: Bruno Clerckx is a Reader, the Head of the Wireless Communications and Signal Processing Lab, and the Deputy Head of the Communications and Signal Processing Group, within the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, Imperial College London, London, U.K. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in applied science from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, in 2000 and 2005, respectively. From 2006 to 2011, he was with Samsung Electronics, Suwon, South Korea, where he actively contributed to 4G (3GPP LTE/LTE-A and IEEE 802.16m) and acted as the Rapporteur for the 3GPP Coordinated Multi-Point (CoMP) Study Item. Since 2011, he has been with Imperial College London, first as a Lecturer from 2011 to 2015, then as a Senior Lecturer from 2015 to 2017, and now as a Reader. From 2014 to 2016, he also was an Associate Professor with Korea University, Seoul, South Korea. He also held various long or short-term visiting research appointments at Stanford University, EURECOM, National University of Singapore, The University of Hong Kong, Princeton University and The University of Edinburgh.
He has authored two books, 180 peer-reviewed international research papers, and 150 standards contributions, and is the inventor of 75 issued or pending patents among which 15 have been adopted in the specifications of 4G standards and are used by billions of devices worldwide. His research area is communication theory and signal processing for wireless networks. He has been a TPC member, a symposium chair, or a TPC chair of many symposia on communication theory, signal processing for communication and wireless communication for several leading international IEEE conferences. He is an Elected Member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society SPCOM Technical Committee. He served as an Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMMUNICATIONS from 2011 to 2015 and the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS from 2014 to 2018, and is currently an Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SIGNAL PROCESSING. He has also been a (lead) guest editor for special issues of the EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, IEEE ACCESS and the IEEE JOURNAL ON SELECTED AREAS IN COMMUNICATIONS. He was an Editor for the 3GPP LTE-Advanced Standard Technical Report on CoMP.